Police investigate attempted carjacking in RDU parking garage

Wake County News

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – An attempted carjacking at Raleigh-Durham International Airport closed a parking deck on Tuesday while police investigated.

Initially, the airport said the parking deck between Terminals 1 and 2 was closed just after 6 p.m. due to a “public safety incident.”

The entrance to the Premier and Central parking areas were closed as RDU police searched them.

Travelers were asked to remain inside the terminals while those arriving at the airport were rerouted to the Economy 3 parking lot.

It was later revealed that RDU police responded to an attempted carjacking in the parking deck just before 5 p.m.

“Well, it was a little disturbing at first, just not knowing what had happened,” said Tim Bell, who just landed.

“I guess you might say surprised, you never expect something like that when you’re flying,” added Jack Folk, who just arrived from Boston.

Airport officials said no one was injured and no suspects were located or detained.

A CBS 17 crew spotted a K-9 being used to search a grassy area outside the garage. There was increased security inside, including officers with long guns.

Officials said at about 7:10 p.m. that travelers were allowed to return to their cars. People arriving are now allowed to access the garage again.

“We appreciate guests’ patience as we worked quickly to complete the search,” RDU said on Twitter.

RDU said the airport remained open throughout the ordeal. 

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